For a while now, there’s been a climate of religious intolerance at the Air Force Academy in Colorado. For example, non-Christians have been subject to proselytization from their commanding officers.
The AP reports that things have gotten much better over the past five years.
“This is the first time we feel positive about things there,” said Mikey Weinstein, founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, which battled the academy in court over claims that evangelicals at the school were imposing their views on others.
The academy superintendent, Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael Gould, says the improvements are the result of a topdown campaign to foster respect and a commitment to accommodate all cadets, even nonbelievers and an “Earth-centered” religious group that needed a place for a stone circle so it could worship outdoors.
Weinstein adds that after a couple years of 70+ complaints about the Academy, they’re currently down to fewer than 10.
This is good news for Air Force atheists and everyone who had to deal with Christians shoving their faith down everyone else’s throats. It’s not completely over, but it’s good to know the AFA is aware of the problem and they’ve been taking steps to fix their mistakes.
Even more telling is this quotation from Focus on the Family senior vice president of government and public policy Tom Minnery:
The representative of the group that seems to support religious discrimination against non-Christians had nothing to say about the new climate at the AFA.
Fine by me. The less they say, the better off everyone else is.